Manchester United Transfer News: Fred Reportedly Close to Completing £52M Move

Manchester United Transfer News: Fred Reportedly Close to Completing £52M Move

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk gestures during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk at Stadio Olimpico on March 13, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

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Manchester United are reportedly close to completing the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred in a deal worth £52 million.

The 25-year-old is on international duty with Brazil ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018 but will become a Manchester United player next week, according to Dan King at The Sun.

Fred is expected to come in and replace Michael Carrick at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old retired at the end of the season and will join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.

Football writer Ben Fairthorne said the deal is all agreed and a medical has been scheduled:

Fred will spend the summer in Russia at the World Cup after being called into Tite’s squad. Simon Collings at Hayters said he has looked good in training with the national team:

The midfielder has said that he was in talks with Manchester City in January before United made their approach, per Globo Esporte (h/t Zinny Boswell at Sky Sports).

Fred’s arrival will boost manager Jose Mourinho’s options in central midfield. He is defensively sound, can carry the ball forward and boasts an excellent range of passing.

Squawka Football showed how he caught the eye in the UEFA Champions League:

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